As you may be aware, I’ve been known to make more than my fair share of donut runs and my girls definitely inherited my sweet tooth! While I’m certainly not a total stickler for nutrition, we have been trying to limit our sweets intake to items that are not overly processed and made with real ingredients.
Passover is my favorite week of the year! It is a protected time to unplug, get spiritual, relax, and most importantly to me, spend time with family. It is hard to believe it is just a few short weeks away! We are traveling to Arizona again this year with my parents and my brother and his wife. I cannot wait, but I am also pretty unprepared, as I tend to be last minute with organizing and packing. It dawned on me that I needed to get moving, when my friend, Lauren, asked me for shopping recommendations for modest vacation picks. She suggested I share what I was sending her on my blog. I took a poll, and you all agreed!
When I was a kid, I always wanted to dress to match my mommy. We had these matching Laura Ashley floral jumpsuits and I begged her to wear them everyday. She couldn’t stand it! She probably gave hers away with the tags still intact. One might think I would outgrow my affinity for the matchy-matchy after the age of 7, but such was not the case.
My number one goal as a mother is to encourage my girls to feel confident. I want them to know that while there is no easy path to success, the end goal is still possible. The world can be cruel, and the people in it will inevitably try to tear us down. The challenges and failures we face can strengthen character, which is beneficial, as long as the trials don't paralyze us from pushing forward.
Winter can be a challenging time to entertain kids, especially in NYC. The days are at their shortest, with the sun coming up around 8 AM and basically down by 4 PM, but the hours go by in slow motion. We all go stir-crazy with too much time at home. Our apartment walls feel like they can start to close in on us. The mess of toys looks like a war zone. My girls repeatedly fight over the same Barbie. If I hear, “MOMMY IT’S NOT FAIR! I had it FIRST!” one more time, I’m honestly going to lose it.
Everyone who follows me on Instagram thinks my life is perfect. But I have ups and downs like everyone else, I just rarely revealed the “downs” on social media. Recently, I suffered from an ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when the embryo implants in the fallopian tube instead of the uterus. Thankfully, the doctor discovered it before any harm was caused.
As a mom to two toddlers, the challenges are constantly changing. The one thing that is consistent is my perpetual search for sanity...particularly between the hours of 4 PM and 7 PM. I know I am in good company with this struggle. I, and most of my fellow mamas-to-toddlers, find ourselves alone with our cranky creatures, counting the minutes until bedtime.